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  • Tugboat
  • Snorkel
  • 76ft Lengths
  • Long Pond Channel
  • Lake Ontario

LAURA GRACE wooden tug (C 107171). 1918. 86 tons gross, 58 tons net, 76’. Launched at Collingwood Ontario on 3 June 1901. In 1914 she had a license for 100 passengers. Compound steeple engine (1890) from MARY ANN (87 tons gross), 16 rated horsepower.

This tug was built for the Pigeon River Lumber Co. of Port Arthur Ontario who almost immediately sold her to James Whalen’s Lake Superior Tug Co. Montreal Transportation Co. bought her from them for $24,500. She was lost on Grandview Beach near Charlotte (Rochester) New York on 6 December 1918. All nine men and a woman on board were saved.

Montreal Transportation Co. Annual Directors’ Reports 1919-20; Montreal Transportation Co. Cash Book Laura Grace May-Dec 1918; Montreal Transportation Co. Directors’ Minutes 14 May 1918; Montreal Transportation Co. Engineer’s Log India 25 April-1 June 1918; Montreal Transportation Co. Ship’s Log Mary P. Hall; Bascom and Gillham Early Ships of Canada Steamship Lines; Bowling Green Great Lakes Vessels Online Index; Bureau Veritas Great Lakes Register 1919; Canada List of Shipping 1910, 1912 and 1915; Canadian Heritage Ship Information Database; Green’s Marine Directory of the Great Lakes 1920; Marine Museum of the Great Lakes Canadian Ship Registers on line; New Mills List; Detroit Marine Historian September 1952; Scanner February 1979.

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